Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Jeepers Creepers (2001)

Jeepers Creepers draws you in with its pointy skeletal digits from the start. Tough to explain because if you were to read the plot, it might sound way too over the top to work, yet it’s creep factor gets inside you. Jeepers-Creepers-highwayEven when it gets outlandish (and it does), you are more scared than you would ever guess you’d be watching a movie starring the Mac-vs-PC guy, Justin Long.

Brother-sister duo Trish (Gina Philips) and Darry (Justin Long) are on a road trip back from university. He’s driving her vintage car on the less-traveled route. Inside, you have Darry’s incessant chatter and chiding. Brooding Trish is much cooler than her obnoxious brother. There’s a simmering discomfort between them. (It’s subtle but almost seems like the actors were attracted to one another and that bled into the characters.)

(Spoiler Alert: Read at Your Own Risk!)

When the two get run off the road, they have no idea the cat-and-mouse they’re entering with the ominous truck and its macabre driver. They continue on the same road (because in horror movies, everyone is courageous) only to see a peculiar man unloading from aforementioned truck what resemble bodies and dumping them down a large pipe. This is where we depart from logical plotting, such as continuing to drive as 911 is dialed. What does Darry do? He drives to the pipe insisting Trish holds his feet as he dangles himself into the pipe with flashlight in hand to look for bodies.

The second part of Jeepers Creepers doesn’t hold up. However, there is a recreation of the Sistine Chapel that begs to be seen. If you want more, there’s a Jeepers Creepers 2 and 3. I will pass on those.

Writer/Director: Victor Salva

Country: USA

Genre: Horror/Thriller/Supernatural

Run time: 90 minutes

Scale: 2.5

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